A “major collision” closed southbound lanes of I-95 near Ridgeland for several hours late Monday night, according to a news release from the Ridgeland Fire Department.
The accident around 9:30 p.m. near Mile Marker 23 involved two tractor-trailers, the news release said.
Ridgeland firefighters and Jasper County Fire-Rescue worked nearly 40 minutes to extract one of the drivers who was trapped in the cab of his rig.
That driver was taken to an area hospital by helicopter with potentially life-threatening injuries, the fire department reported.
The occupants of the other tractor-trailer were not injured, the news release said.
Drivers had been asked to avoid the area, but many vehicles were stuck on the interstate while the accident was cleared.
Users of the Waze traffic app were reporting standstill traffic more than two hours after the accident.
Photos released by the Ridgeland Fire Department just after midnight show firefighters removing the trapped driver from his crashed tractor-trailer.
The vehicle appears to be affiliated with Exxact Express Transport of Lakeland, Florida.
The cause of the accident was not available early on Tuesday.
The accident remains under investigation by the Ridgeland Police Department.
The fire department said neither of the vehicles involved in the crash was carrying hazardous materials.
Also on Monday night, at 10:16 p.m., the South Carolina Department of Transportation reported a hazardous materials spill at Exit 22. That spill was reported cleared by around 6 a.m.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.